March in Vancouver is awfully egg-citing. There’s just so much to do. Not only do we get Easter, with the wildly popular A-mazing Egg Hunt at VanDusen Botanical Garden (March 30), backtrack and there’s also International Women’s Day (March 8), the massive and free St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 17), plus the first day of spring, which is celebrated by our city’s Iranian Canadian population as the holiday Nowruz, with a series of multicultural events (culminating March 20).
For Vancouver-based or visiting families, Spring Break (March 18-22) means there’s more great kids’ and family activities than ever this month. And Vancouver is already ranked as one of the world’s best destinations for family travel.
Find the full list of fun things to do in March after the jump.
15 Unmissable Vancouver Events in March 2013
1) FOOD/DRINK | Vancouver International Wine Festival, February 25-March 3
Raise a glass with the brotherhood of the grape at the final days of The Vancouver International Wine Festival. 5,000 wine lovers are expected to turn out for a full week of wine events at the Vancouver Convention Centre, as well as restaurants and hotels around the city. The undisputed highlight of the wine fest, of course, is the one and only International Festival Testing.
2) OUTDOOR | Vancouver Bike Show, March 2-3
This one’s for Vancouver cyclists and aspiring cyclists. The Vancouver Bike Show, Western Canada’s largest biking event, is rolling back into town.The annual event has something for everyone, whether you’re after new gear, new cycling destinations, new races or just the hook-up with more local bikers and community events. The event goes down at the waterfront situated Vancouver Convention Centre.
3) EVENT | CelticFest Vancouver, March 9-17
The bagpipes are calling. Celebrate your inner green at over 70 free and ticketed events. The two best free events are the CelticFest kickoff party with live music, festive ood and dance March 9 at the Village on False Creek. The celebrations culminate with the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, March 17.
4) EVENT | Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Flash Mob Dance Practice, March ongoing
Vancouver doesn’t get all pretty in pink until April, but the preparations start in March. Join fellow Vancouverites in practicing for the festival’s smash hit -The World Umbrella Dance – a Cherry Blossom Festival flash mob choreographed by Shiamak with pop art umbrella props by local hotshot Anthony Redpath.
5) ENTERTAINMENT | Friday Late Night Movies at Rio Theatre, March 1-29
Catch cult classics like Wayne’s World and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while enjoying this independent Commercial Drive theatre’s full service bar. Tix are $8 or $6 in costume. Is it even a choice?
6) ENTERTAINMENT | Coastal First Nations Dance Festival, March 6-10
Presented by Dancers of Damelahamid at the Great Hall in The Museum of Anthropology March 6 – 10, the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival is a celebration of the stories, songs, and dances of indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast. From our very own Shawn Connor: “This is a taste of B.C. and the Pacific Northwest that is too unique and special to pass up.” Deets here.
7) EVENT | International Women’s Day, March 8
Observed since 1900, this global holiday celebrates the achievements of women while putting the spotlight on how to improve gender equality. In Vancouver, one event worth checking out is the Vancouver Police Museum‘s super cool “Women in Policing: 10 Years in the VPD” on Canada’s first female police officers.
8) EVENT | St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17
All of Vancouver turns out for the free, annual parade that kicks off at 11am sharp and winds its way through the downtown. 300,000 green celebrants line the parade route to cheer on 2000+ parade participants. It all starts on Howe and Davie, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia, and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets. The line-up includes award-winning pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians, Scottish and Irish dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers, vintage cars, the VPD motorcycle drill team, Irish wolfhounds, mounted horse drill teams and more. Don’t miss the free Celtic entertainment throughout the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in the Celtic Village on Granville Street.
9) EVENT | Spring Break, March 18-22
Vancouver has tons of riveting, action-packed, craftacular fun for kids (and often the whole family) during Spring Break. From forensic day camps where kids solve crimes, to wildlife tracking, literary scavenger hunts, animation classes, roller coaster building, art tours and more, here are your options for Spring Break 2013 Vancouver activities.
10) EVENT | Persian New Year Nowruz, March 20
Nowruz, aka Persian New Year, celebrates the first official day of spring on March 20, but the celebrations start long before and continue after the big day. Traditional Nowruz events include spring cleaning, visits, setting up the haft seen, chahārshanbe suri, sizdah bedar and more. Vancouver has a strong Iranian Canadian population and there are several events taking place. More on that soon.
11) FOOD | Macaron Day, March 20
The annual Macaron Day is back uniting sweets and a good cause once again. Local patisseries like French Made Baking will offer up these colourful confections in the hopes of getting a donation for a cause of their choice. Sounds like a great reason to have cookie. Also, for the growing gluten-free crowd, macarons have been sans gluten since they were invented in 1791.
12) SHOPPING | Portobello West Spring Market, Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25
Pick up spring fashion and art to use at this season’s onslaught of weddings. This market is filled with gorgeous treasures by local artists and artisans. Bonus: The Creekside Community Centre craft fair venue at 1 Athletes Way in Olympic Village offers a stunning view of False Creek and access to craft beer paradise upstairs at Tap & Barrel. Founded in 2006, this market Vancouver classic. Vendor details coming soon.
13) FAMILY | Easter at the Stanley Park Miniature Train, March 23-April 1
Make like an Easter bunny and hop on the train for a fun-filled day. Train tickets also give you access to egg hunts, crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny. This is an all-ages event. The train runs 11am – 4pm. Tickets are $8.75 for kids 2 – 12 and $3.50 for adults.
14) FAMILY | The Great A-Mazing Egg Hunt at VanDusen Botanical Garden, March 30, 10am – 2pm
This one is for families with children ages 2 – 10, and it’s incredibly popular, so book early. The Easter Bunny has hidden chocolate in the garden. Solve the rhymes and find his secret hiding place. Choose from four time slots: 10 – 11am; 11am – 12pm; 12pm – 1pm; and 1p, – 2pm. Tickets go on sale March 1, in person only, at the Visitor Centre Admissions Desk. Prices: Children (Non-member and member) $6.50, adult $10.75, senior $8.00, member adult and member seniors are free.
15) Good Friday, March 29; Easter, March 31
Good Friday is a statutory holiday in B.C. Enjoy the weekend, everybody.
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